The Director's Corner

Mr. Raphael Schklowsky

A Strong Week

By Raphael Schklowsky | Dec 10, 2017

And so begins the journey… This past week marked the start of Into the Woods auditions and casting. At this point last year, I hadn’t even selected a musical to produce in the spring, let alone started casting it. So I feel way ahead of the game, and I’m hoping…

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Betting on The Bard

By Raphael Schklowsky | Dec 4, 2017

“All the world’s a stage” The works of William Shakespeare are a gift unto humanity, not just the English-language speaking world. The plays teach us how to love, how to scheme, how to dream, and how to change. Whether or not Shakespeare himself wrote the play Twelfth Night (performed this…

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A Day of Many Firsts

By Raphael Schklowsky | Nov 29, 2017

What a Day! Yesterday was quite a day at Herndon High School. I led my first field trip in my young teaching career. Yesterday was my first time inside Sidney Harman Hall (on the stage to be precise) as a part of my first time participating in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s…

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Circles of Gratitude

By Raphael Schklowsky | Nov 26, 2017

Theatre is a Circle Last year, when I first arrived at Herndon High School, I made an introductory video. In that video, I stated the belief that theatre is a circle, rather than a pyramid. This year I have been focused on growing and strengthening that circle. What I have…

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Greatness is a process

By Raphael Schklowsky | Nov 19, 2017

Be not afraid of greatness  From the outset of any theatrical production, there’s no guarantee of success. Only the process that the production takes on can dictate success, and even then it’s not a done deal because a lot can happen in the last week of production. For Twelfth Night,…

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Opening Weekend Reflections

By Raphael Schklowsky | Nov 12, 2017

Friday Night The temperature may be dropping, but things are really heating up in the Herndon High School Theatre Department. Opening night of Twelfth Night went brilliantly last Friday night. I’m so proud of the kind of work the ensemble is doing at the moment. It’s not simply that the…

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